About

Graeme comes from Harare, Zimbabwe, where he went to Saint George’s College. He studied Zoology and Entomology to the honours level at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. He then moved to Oxford University, U.K., on a Rhodes Scholarship. While at New College, Oxford, Graeme completed his doctorate on ‘The Evolutionary Ecology of African Ticks’ under the supervision of Drs. Sarah Randolph and David Rogers. From Oxford he moved to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, funded by a D. H. Smith Postdoctoral Fellowship from The Nature Conservancy (TNC). In Madison he worked with TNC and Professor Steve Carpenter at the Center for Limnology on applying species-based models to management and conservation-related problems in freshwater systems. After two years as a postdoc, he was hired as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida. Graeme returned to Africa at the end of 2005 and occupied the Pola Pasvolsky Chair in Conservation Biology at the University of Cape Town until end June 2015, when he moved to his current position.

Graeme has a wide range of interests, centering around understanding spatial aspects of ecology and the relevance of broad-scale pattern-process dynamics for ecosystem (and social-ecological system) function and resilience. He is also interested in the applications of landscape ecology and complexity theory to conservation and the sustainable management of natural resources.    

Interests
Research
  • landscape ecology community ecology social-ecological systems
Experience
  • 2006 to 2015 - Pola Pasvolsky Chair, Percy FitzPatrick Institute (University of Cape Town)
  • 2001 to 2005 - Assistant Professor, University of Florida (Gainesville, FL, USA)
  • 1999 to 2001 - David H. Smith Fellow, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, WI, USA)
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Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft - FOR 2432 - Research Grants

Ecosystem services, agricultural diversification, and smallholders' livelihoods in Bangalore

Indicative Funding
$135,924 over 3 years
Summary
This project explores the relationships between the locations of individuals along a rural to urban gradient and the choices that they make about livelihoods and the use of ecosystem and non-ecosystem services. We will attempt to model Ostrom's social-ecological systems framework, using a minimal set of rules in a simple spatial model. The model will be used to explore how human choices and preferences explain the self-organisation of spatial patterns and spatial dynamics, such as agricultural expansion on the city's perimeter. The project will contribute conceptuaolly to understanding social-ecological systems as part of a larger empirical programme.
Investigators
Graeme Cumming in collaboration with Kerstin Wiegand and Stephan Von-cramon Taubadel (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and Georg-August University)
Keywords
social-ecological systems; Landscape ecology; Game Theory; Biodiversity; Urbanisation; Ecosystem Services

James S McDonnell Foundation - Postdoctoral Fellowship Program - Studying Complex Systems

Protected area networks

Indicative Funding
$299,216 over 2 years
Summary
The project explores the relevance of different kinds of network (social, ecological, economic) for the sustainability of protected areas. Ecological connections are created by the movements of organisms; social and economic connections, by manager interactions, sharing of equipment and expertise, and the movements of tourists and other resources between protected areas. The data will be used to explore a set of theoretical questions about the relevance of location, context, and connectivity for participation in networks and network structure and ultimately, for the sustainability of both network members and the network as a whole.
Investigators
Graeme Cumming and H Clements in collaboration with K Maciejewski (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and University of Cape Town)
Keywords
Socio-ecological system; Networks; Resilience; Protected area; Sustainability
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  • Spatial ecology and space use in browsing herbivorous reef fishes: ecological drivers and effects on ecosystem function. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Beyond the Reef: The Influence of Seascape Structure on Fish Communities and Ecological Processes on Coral Reefs (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • The Effect of Globalisation on the Resilience of Coral Reef Dependent Small Island Communities Through its Influence on Feedback Networks Within Socio-Ecological Systems (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Managing Marine Protected Areas to Promote the Resilience of Coral Reef Ecosystems (PhD , Primary Advisor)
  • Spatial Modelling of Individual Service Choices and Their Implications for Social-Ecological Transitions (PhD , Primary Advisor)
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